Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Freeman ties FT record as WHS wins bracket

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 30, 2013 05:03 pm

WILDWOOD – In theory, every victory by a sports team means the same. In reality, there are some that are more special than others.

Such was the case Monday afternoon at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic, in which the Wildwood High School girls basketball team won a bracket championship named in memory of a former standout Lady Warrior athlete.

Wildwood made just nine field goals but shot a sizzling 21 for 24 as a team from the foul line in posting a 41-37 victory over Friends Central (Pa.) to win the Kaitlin Anzelone Memorial Girls Bracket championship.

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Johnson nets 1,000th point in Crusader upset victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 29, 2013 07:20 pm

WILDWOOD – Talk about a special moment.

As part of one of the most meaningful regular-season victories she’s experienced in her career, Wildwood Catholic star Kennedy Johnson netted the 1,000th point of her career in a bracket consolation game against Washington Township at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Sunday afternoon.

Johnson, who scored the milestone point on layup early in the fourth quarter, poured in 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting and gathered 11 rebounds in the Crusaders’ 58-49 victory over a Washington Township team that is regarded as one of the very best in South Jersey.

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Early defense sends Crusaders past Woodbury

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 27, 2013 11:33 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team’s offensive efficiency has been a work in progress so far this young season.

But on Friday evening at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic, the Crusaders showed that strong defense can carry them in many games.

Competing in a tournament showcase game against Woodbury, Wildwood Catholic held the Thundering Herd to just one field goal in only 11 attempts in the first half en route to a 49-37 victory.

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Lower falls in bracket championship game

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 27, 2013 07:00 pm

WILDWOOD – For a team that won just two games a season ago, simply being in a position to win a four-team bracket at a holiday tournament is worthy of praise.

But for the Lower Cape May Regional boys basketball team, this was more of a case of squandering an opportunity.

Lower Cape May dropped the title game of the Jay Craven Memorial Boys Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Friday afternoon, losing 42-39 to Conrad School of Sciences (Del.) when Caper Tiger guard Shane Szubski’s deep three-point shot rimmed out with five seconds to play.

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Fields carries Middle after teammate's injury

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 27, 2013 02:35 pm

WILDWOOD – When Lauren Legler went down with a severe ankle injury early in the third quarter, her teammate and close friend put the rest of the team on her back.

Senior guard Lauryn Fields poured in 22 of her game-high 29 points after Legler’s injury at the 5:49 mark of the third quarter to lead the Middle Township High School girls basketball team to a 51-38 victory over Notre Dame in a Michelle Tarbotton-Rucci Girls Bracket game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Friday afternoon.

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Wildwood Catholic explodes past Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 23, 2013 10:17 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School boys basketball team held an 18-11 lead over Wildwood Catholic midway through the second quarter and the Warrior fans gathered in the Wildwoods Convention Center for the Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys Island Championship Game started to dream of an upset.

Wildwood Catholic quickly turned those dreams into a nightmare.

The Crusaders closed the half on a 20-4 run to take a 31-22 into the half, before blowing the game open via a dominating fourth quarter in what turned out to be a 68-47 victory.

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Crusaders too strong for pesky Wildwood

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 23, 2013 09:37 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School girls basketball team did all it could against rival Wildwood Catholic in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Monday evening.

But in the end, the Crusaders’ size and talent were simply too much for the Lady Warriors.

Wildwood Catholic out-rebounded Wildwood 52-25 and got a sensational game from freshman Danielle Sanderlin to score a 48-39 victory.

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Big first half nets Lower victory over Cape Tech

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, December 23, 2013 04:42 pm

WILDWOOD – It took the Lower Cape May Regional high school basketball team nearly two months to earn its first victory last season.

So far through two games of a new season, the Caper Tigers have proved they’re much more formidable.

After battling Absegami to a close loss in its opener on Friday, Lower Cape May used a dominating first-half effort to beat Cape May Tech, 48-32, in a Battle at the Boards showcase game as part of the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

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Former pro gives back at alma mater

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 22, 2013 01:13 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – LaMarr Greer is most likely finished with professional basketball.

“It would have to be a perfect storm for me to go back,” said Greer, a 1994 graduate of Middle Township High School who enjoyed a 12-year pro career overseas after playing four seasons at Florida State.

Now 37, Greer is nowhere near finished with the sport altogether, however. He can be seen almost every day in the gymnasium after school at Middle, where he’s now serving as a volunteer assistant coach.

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Injury setback for Wildwood hoops star

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 18, 2013 04:44 pm

Jess Freeman averaged a Cape May County-best 21.1 points per game as a junior last winter for the Wildwood High School girls basketball team. She’s already well past 1,000 career points and was expected to lead a Lady Warrior team that might have been able to challenge for a Tri-County Classic Division title this winter.

But a debilitating injury may have changed those plans.

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MTHS hoops coach using publicity of condition to encourage others

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:46 am

Tom Feraco is living proof that cancer does not discriminate.

At 55 years old, Feraco would appear to be the picture of health. At an age when most men’s bodies have grown at least a little soft and flabby around the edges, the Middle Township High School boys basketball coach is impressively fit and trim, looking to be in a shape similar to that when he was in high school in the mid 1970s, when he won a state cross country championship and scored nearly 1,200 career points in basketball at Wildwood Catholic.

He had been working himself into even better shape this fall, running and lifting weights in anticipation of the long grind of a high school basketball season leading a young and inexperienced team. Feraco could easily pass for five to seven years younger than his actual age.

But then, he got the news.

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Hampton Mears, 93, L.A. Lakers scout

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 09:06 pm

One of this area’s most significant – but, to many, unknown – contributors to the game of basketball has passed away.

Hampton Mears, a graduate of Wildwood High School and a longtime scout and adviser to the Los Angeles Lakers organization, died about 10 days ago, local friends of Mears have confirmed to the Gazette and Leader newspapers. He was 93 at the time of his death.

Mears, who in his later years scouted for the Lakers via television from an easy chair in his modest Toledo Avenue home in Wildwood Crest, befriended longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss when the two attended college together on the West Coast. When Buss bought the Lakers, he eventually brought Mears into the organization.

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Toney finishes fine frosh season at Bethel

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:20 pm

Middle Township High School graduate Terrance “Mo” Toney wrapped up a solid freshman football season at Bethel College, an NAIA school in Kansas.

Toney, a 6-0, 180-pound defensive back and special teams player, was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following a 26-14 win over Bethany in the team’s final game of the season.

Toney returned a blocked field goal attempt 100 yards on the final play of the first half to give Bethel the lead for good in the contest. Toney also added six tackles, including two for losses, and returned two punts for 14 yards in the victory.

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Cape Tech tops Crusaders in swim opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 05, 2013 12:18 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May Tech swimming program got its season off to a good start Monday afternoon against one of its top rivals.

In the opening meet of the season for both teams, the Hawks edged Wildwood Catholic in a boys/coed meet, 99-71, at the Special Services School District pool facility.

Trevor Gehring, a returning first team Cape-Atlantic League all-star, led the way for Cape May Tech with four first-place finishes. He won the 200 individual medley in 2:14.13 and the 100 butterfly in 58.28 and was also part of two winning relay teams, joining Mitch Ianneillo, Jimmy Bevill and Alex Dever in the 200 medley relay and Dever, Chris Roselli and Sean Gerber in the 200 free relay.

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